Friday, November 12, 2010

Can I recycle my plant pots?

Ask Ida


Dear Ida B. Green,

I've got a zillion plant pots of all sizes from my years of gardening. Can I recycle these?

Signed,

Potty

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Dear Potty,

You won't be able to recycle your pots at the curbside or Ohio Gulch, but like most plastics, these pots are incredibly durable and can be reused and recycled easily and well.

Some ideas to get your imagination going on the reuse side of the equation:

( If you start your own seedlings each spring, clean and save your smaller pots to use again.

( Hose down the larger pots and use them to separate your recyclables at the curb or to hold smaller items neatly on garage and basement shelves. Organize a gardening tool pot to conveniently carry everything you need to and from your garden beds.

( Plastic pots are the perfect liners for clay pots or wooden tubs. The impermeable sides of the pots will help hold moisture at the roots of your plants where they can use it.

( And, if your piles of pots are still driving you potty, take them back to any of our local nurseries. They will either wash and reuse the pots for their own plants to sell next year or return them to their distributors, who then use them and supply them to organizations that can use them (like CSI).

Keep it Green,

Ida

—Elizabeth Jeffrey




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